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YOUARENOWHERE

Members say: Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Ambitious, Clever
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37 reviews
 

Obie award-winning creator and performer Andrew Schneider’s one-man show experiments with the virtues of sensory overload.

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Schneider's experimental production incorporates an array of visual and aural effects to address individual perspective and what it means to be here and now. This rapid-fire existential meditation uses physics lecture, pop culture, and personal revelation to dissect subjects ranging from quantum mechanics and parallel universes to missed connections and AA recovery steps.

 

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100
Time Out New York

"Visually gorgeous prediction of what will happen when the machines take over, Andrew Schneider's stunning 'Youarenowhere' is a tour de force—both of acting and design...Connoisseurs of process-oriented, short-form programming may have seen this work in snippets, but this is your first chance in a very long time to see a completed Schneider. Getting to see what his wicked, febrile mind has been up to is thrilling and happens but once a half-decade. It's like Brigadoon, people. Don't miss it." Full Review

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New York Theater

"What Andrew Schneider achieves on stage leaves theatergoers as astonished as 19th century audiences must have felt watching Lumière’s 'Arrival of the Train'...The perception-altering surprise is so satisfying, I wouldn’t want to do anything to ruin it...Some theatergoers might not get past the show’s bells and whistles to grasp the meaning behind any of Schneider’s words, and that’s okay...His technical know-how is on full display in 'YOUARENOWHERE', with intentional sensory overload." Full Review

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Lighting & Sound America

"I can't tell you what happens except to say that it is enormous, one of the biggest coups de théâtre I've seen in years, and it radically reorients one's perspective on everything that has come before. Beyond that, all I can tell you is that 'YOUARENOWHERE' is baffling, but not boring; that Andrew Schneider is a fearless and technically gifted performer; that the technical/design aspects of the production are executed with a rare precision; and the entire experience is not easily forgotten." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"Since Schneider remains at a high compulsive level throughout the 60-minute-plus piece, what he’s actually intending to get across may be less important to him than the agitated state into which his message has plunged him...But if his observations are deliberately blurred, then it becomes incumbent on him to command consistent attention no matter where his digressions take him. Sorry to say, he runs out of steam a little too often...Let's just say, 'YOUARENOWHERE' is relatively engaging." Full Review

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Theater In The Now

"'YOUARENOWHERE' is a sensory overload that not only works, it is emotionally cumbersome...'YOUARENOWHERE' is not only magical, it's mystifying. To discuss what happens in Schneider's piece would be a complete disservice to any future audience. It would do nothing but spoil your experience. But what can be analyzed is Schneider's ability to craft something provocative...'YOUARENOWHERE' defies the impossible. This is not a show for the faint of heart." Full Review

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Village Voice

"Schneider makes revelatory theater from a surprising combination of physics lessons, trippy sound and light effects—and, eventually, a meditation on love...Toying with our senses this theatrically would be exciting enough. But Schneider finds a route to our emotions too. Through some impressive stage magic, the piece morphs into a searching meditation on our craving, amid the randomness, to share a moment in space with someone else. This month, head to 3LD and share one with Schneider." Full Review

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As Her World Turns

"Schneider wonders about our brushes with death—what if at each near miss our present reality spun off into another reality? And what if there were endless versions of ourselves floating around in parallel universes? And then he displays this idea in a wholly original way that completely blows my mind. I can’t spoil it for you here, but MAN, this is the most unique thing I’ve seen in the theater." Full Review

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Stage Buddy

"'YOUARENOWHERE' is reminiscent of the best of David Lynch….Impressions on the selectivity of love and the taking for granted of our perceptions on alternate and interior worlds manage to achieve mathematical and philosophical coherency as well as a sense of humor. Besides the sonic and visual accomplishments, Schneider's physical theater precision is mesmerizing. At the show's crescendo, he achieves a tour de force that is best experienced with no prior knowledge of it." Full Review

90
Woman Around Town

"Andrew Schneider’s breathtaking play delivers the same kind of hazy, disjointed, surrealistic experience that the best dreams provide...The play feels like it is part commentary on the plugged-in world we now inhabit and part performance art, with the intensity of a confessional and more than a touch of humor...The whole show is like that, really—odd and fascinating and funny. It’s an experience that both challenges and charms. And invites you to visit again." Full Review

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Off Off Online

"The sound, lighting and tech design of 'Youarenowhere' formally performs the ever-present tension between (and fusion of) technology and humanity...The only missing piece is its reluctance to verbally process the very difficult and very daunting possibility that we are becoming machines and that machines are becoming us...In provoking both awe and intense existential questioning, 'Youarenowhere' (somehow) simultaneously satisfies one’s inner child and cynic. It should not be missed." Full Review

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New York Theatre Review

"Everything is dialed up in Andrew Schneider's brilliant piece 'YOUARENOWHERE,' everything from sound, lights and performance burst forth at increasing levels of intensity...'YOUARENOWHERE' is a dazzling trip through time, physics and life...I feel like I could watch 'YOUARENOWHERE' multiple times and find something new in it with each viewing, but one thing will be constant: the joy of watching something utterly original from an artist at the top of his game." Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

"Using on-stage cues and technological manipulation unparalleled in American theater, the experimental performance piece 'YOUARENOWHERE' is back. This time with infinite more megawatts that take the already transcendent show to an-out-of-this-galaxy level. Unlike, the constant whispers of computer fans or lights, the show is anything but static...Schneider’s matter-of-fact style and absolutely sharpened physical poise guides us." Full Review

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Hot Pepper Theater

"'YOUARENOWHERE' is a very experimental piece about a guy who starts giving a physics lecture and it's very manic and weird errors start happening. I think I learned more about special relativity than I ever did in high school. It includes some fun jumpscare situations. It's a technical marvel. It changes the theatrical landscape of what it is that we can do—regardless of what he's talking about, the tech alone, watching him use this tech alone is like, 'Oh!'" Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"'YOUARENOWHERE' is artistically complicated and aesthetically striking...Technological cleverness aside, 'YOUARENOWHERE' contains moments of astounding and confusing beauty that come from the pace, timing, physicality, expression, and the presence of Schneider as well as other performers...It's an achievement that Schneider and his creative team are able to invent 'YOUARENOWHERE' not only as a theatre piece but as a place, a space, and an experience that is uncanny." Full Review

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The New York Times

for a previous production "Performances that rely this heavily on technology can often feel dead inside. This is not a show like that. Instead it continually finds new ways to challenge and engage its viewers, to surprise and mystify us...This is a show about presence, about immediacy, about the hitches and hiccups of life in the phenomenal universe. With his tech and his tricks and his intensified monologues, Mr. Schneider explores the continuities and differences in the world each of us perceives." Full Review

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Mildly Bitter's Musings

for a previous production "I wanted to curl up in a ball and refuse to leave the theater until it was performed again. And that was well before the show bent everything I thought I knew out of shape. It's rare for me to be so easily won over so soon in a show but I fell hard for this one. Basically I want to tell you to go see this show without knowing anything about it. Read nothing. Just go. Talk to me after." Full Review

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Sydney Morning Herald

for a previous production A wondrous and disorienting sci-fi, it hitches high-tech gadgetry to the bodily arts in a way that stays true to both the intellectual fascinations of scientific theory, and the immediacy and physical presence of theatre...You don't want to know more. Just that you should go and be enchanted–and perhaps a touch unnerved–by one of the most imaginative engagements between science and experimental theatre you're likely to see." Full Review

100
Flavorpill

for a previous production "'YOUARENOWHERE' is a performance I’ll be thinking about for a very long time. It broke every cynical bone in my body and replaced them with optimism, really more of a burning desire to hunt, for the next great performance that will expand my view of what is possible in the theater and in life...'YOUARENOWHERE' is one of the most amazing pieces of theater I’ve seen in a very long time. Words strain to capture my reaction to and emotional fallout from this piece." Full Review

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Time Out Melbourne

for a previous production "The theatrical tricks are dazzling, but never extraneous or self-satisfied. For a show that is technically fiendish, it never feels hesitant or inorganic...It’s as exploratory as a Mars probe and equally as impressive in scope and ambition. It moves deeply into the realm of the self and by doing so, seems to move ever outward. Regular theatregoers will drop their jaws at this show, and newcomers may just discover new ways to contemplate the self." Full Review

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Avg Score

95
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You enjoy thrilling, non-traditional theatre questioning reality, quantum physics, identity. Fascinating and beautifully performed!

Don't see it if You prefer straight-laced plays with linear plot-lines.

98
Original, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Amazing

See it if you love creativity, innovation, and pushing the boundaries of theatre. you want to see a play you will still think about months later

Don't see it if you have bad taste or you are uncomfortable with loud noise and vibrations

100
Ambitious, Dizzying, Epic, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if you want to have your mind completely blown, you like being challenged and provoked in the best way possible in the theater.

Don't see it if if you don't love this play, it's safe to assume I don't understand your taste at all.

75
Original, Clever, Dizzying, Intense, Masterful

See it if You like surprise, creativity and lots of tech.

Don't see it if You like surprise, creativity, and are OK with some tech, but need a modicum of theater with your spectacle.

75
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you like things that make you think and/or you want question everything you know about life

Don't see it if you want a real plot line or if you're trying to avoid having an existential crisis

25
Original, Confusing, Tedious

See it if you value originality and surprise over coherence.

Don't see it if you get no joy from not knowing what comes next or from not understanding what came previously.

90
Original, Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Quirky

See it if you want an experience that stretches your thoughts and senses. Takes advantage of the marvelous advanced tech of the 3 Legged Dog Theater.

Don't see it if you startle easily, need to stay calm for health reasons or expect a plot.

94
Intense, Profound, Visceral, Staggering, Multi-sensory

See it if you're intrigued by the space- & time-bending journey of a charming man driven to madness by his genius. Experimental theater at its best.

Don't see it if you prefer your fourth wall to stay firmly in place; you dislike multi-sensory, discombobulating experiences; you want your plot spelled out

88
Original, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Different

See it if Amazing, indescribable experience of sensory overload, with impeccably choreographed technical, visual and aural effects. Will blow you away

Don't see it if you need a coherent plot or don't like flashing lights, high tech effects. It's an experience for the senses, not a traditional play.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Must see, Confusing

See it if pure theatrical magic

Don't see it if Just see it!

88
Original, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if you want to experience multi-sensorial, immersive and intellectually stimulating theater. An unpretentious visceral AND cerebral hour.

Don't see it if you have medical conditions related to exposure to strobe lights and haze effects

95
Masterful, Must see, Profound, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You are deeply looking for that kind of off-the-wall, yet totally accessible experience, that is the reason you moved to this city.

Don't see it if You get alarmed by sudden loud noises or NEED a coherent sense of plot. I usually prefer more plot clarity but still loved it.

99
Original, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Jaw-dropping

See it if you want to be truly transported inward. This piece is an experience to behold. You will wonder what is real, and you'll need to recover.

Don't see it if you might be averse to loud sounds and bright lights; discombobulation is the point here. What a ride, though! Get on the ride!

92
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Masterful

See it if You're really into technical theater and the bleeding edge of stagecraft and performance.

Don't see it if You're not looking for an intense experience or are really put off by bro-philosophical takes on contemporary physics.

70
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Great staging

See it if you love experimental theater with all its twists and turns. Amazing technical achievement that will blow your mind. Epic dance included!

Don't see it if you're looking for a clear cut story or a standard night at the theater. This show will stay with you and make you think.

95
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you like totally original theatre, integration of technology and performance, and thinking about something for days after you've seen it.

Don't see it if loud noises and/or bright lights scare you.

100
Ambitious, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Great staging

See it if you love experimental theater, want to experience staging that will genuinely shock and delight you, enjoy plays that deal with our humanity

Don't see it if you hate experimental theater, don't enjoy plays that weave in scientific theories, are averse to plays were actor is shirtless throughout

Also Brilliant brilliant production. One of the best things I'd ever seen.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Masterful

See it if You're like innovative, experimental theatre that's mind blowing.

Don't see it if You're looking for something traditional and linear.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Dizzying, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if You like performances that surprise you and mess with your perception of reality.

Don't see it if Strobe lights, loud noises bother you.

92
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Must see, Confusing

See it if you want a cutting edge theatrical experience and you can leave your attachment to the linear time at the door.

Don't see it if you're not up for a one-hour TARDIS trip

95
Original, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Riveting

See it if you love expansive performance work that challenges what's possible on stage.

Don't see it if you don't like expansive performance work that challenges what's possible on stage

98
Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You are interested in challenging, ambitious performance that defies expectations.

Don't see it if You're easily frustrated by confusion or lack of coherent narrative.

100
Brilliant, Masterful, Must see, Great staging, Smart

See it if you can. There is truly nothing like it, with its amazing visuals, sense of drama & great personal content. You'll be surprised & moved.

Don't see it if you think theater requires linear storytelling and predictable staging. Also, if you hate stroboscopes.

76
Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You're looking for something unexpected and surprising

Don't see it if You're looking for something traditional

85
Original, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Visceral

See it if you like the unexpected and loud, bright, highly innovative 4D experiences.

Don't see it if you bright lights and loud sounds don't sit well with you. Also, if you are looking for a cohesive, traditional story, this is not your show